Russia Selling Non-NATO-Compatible Missiles to Turkey

The deal, reportedly worth about $2.5 billion, has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the antiaircraft weapon systems can not be integrated into the alliance's defenses. "A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation interoperable missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from the full range of threats in its region". Moscow expects to begin the first deliveries in March 2020, he said.

"Turkey continues to pursue anti-missile systems from NATO Allies, including the U.S. Patriot System, for its broader, long-term air defense needs".

The contract for the project has been finished, Turkey's undersecretariat for defense industries said in a statement, and Turkey has sent a down payment for the $2.5 billion purchase.

Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov told the Kommersant newspaper that "Russia will supply Turkey with four divisions of S-400 surface-to-air missile divisions for $2.5 billion under a deal that has been nearly finalized".

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Chemezov reportedly told Kommersant that Turkey would pay for 45 percent of the deal's cost up front with Moscow providing loans to cover the rest, notes Reuters.

While pushing ahead with the S-400 project, Ankara has sought to secure defense deals with other countries as well.

Russian officials have also said that Russia and US ally Saudi Arabia are close to signing a deal on supplying the S-400 systems to Riyadh. It is created to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets.

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